United States (Security threat level – 2): Shortly after 2000 local time on 19 May 2022 (0100 UTC on 20 May), a gunman opened fire on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana — located nearly 50 mi (80 km) east of the state capital Baton Rouge. The shooting occurred outside of the University Center building as attendees were leaving a high school graduation ceremony held at the site. Four people suffered non-life-threatening wounds. Police officers at the scene took a suspect into custody. The motive for the shooting is unknown.


Japan (Security threat level – 1): On 20 May 2022, a spokesperson for the Japanese government announced plans to ease several coronavirus-related entry restrictions beginning in June. The number of travelers allowed to enter Japan will be increased to 20,000 per day from the current cap of 10,000. Additionally, coronavirus testing and quarantine requirements will depend on the country of origin after the government introduces a three-tier color-coded system for foreign countries and regions based on COVID-19 infection rates. Travelers coming from locations designated as the lowest-risk (blue) will be required only to submit a pre-departure negative test result for entry into Japan; approximately 80% of inbound travelers are expected to be arriving from countries designated as the lowest-risk. Meanwhile, travelers coming from locations designated as the highest-risk (red) will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine at government-selected facilities for three days. Those coming from locations designated as medium-risk (yellow) will also be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival but may self-isolate at their place of residence instead of quarantine facilities; fully vaccinated individuals who have received a booster dose will be exempt.

Thailand (Security threat level – 3): On 20 May 2022, authorities in Thailand announced that coronavirus-related entry restrictions will be relaxed beginning on 1 June. Thai citizens returning to the country will then be exempt from applying for a “Thailand Pass,” but foreigners must still apply for the pass before traveling to Thailand. Additionally, foreign nationals will no longer need to quarantine upon arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers will remain subject to the requirement to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure for Thailand. Additionally, travelers in the country must continue to provide proof of vaccination prior to entering certain entertainment venues.


Burkina Faso (Security threat level – 4): On 20 May 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Demonstrations are anticipated in Ouagadougou from May 20 to May 22. The demonstrations intend to voice opposition to the current transitional government. The location for the demonstrations is currently unconfirmed. Expect roadblocks or large groups of demonstrators in downtown Ouagadougou and surrounding areas.”